Categories & Tags: State Policy

INSTITUTE INDEX: States are taxing the way to greater inequality   |   January 23, 2015
Adding together all state and local taxes that Americans pay, the nationwide average effective percentage rate for the poorest fifth of non-elderly individuals: 10.9 For the...

 

Less money, more problems: Tax codes handcuff states facing budget crises   |   January 23, 2015
In his feisty State of the Union address this week, President Obama unveiled a populist tax plan targeting the wealthy, including increased rates on capital gains, closing a...

 

What would Jesus the Migrant say to Mississippi politicians this year?   |   January 15, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South In her new book Jesus Was A Migrant, writer Deirdre Cornell says migration is central to "biblical spirituality" and the chosen people...

 

Could Duke Energy's coal ash be headed to a mine near you?   |   January 14, 2015
A Duke Energy contractor is seeking permission from North Carolina regulators to move millions of tons of coal ash from existing dumpsites at the utility giant's power plants...

 

Could separation of powers lawsuit sink NC fracking?   |   January 8, 2015
With North Carolina expected to begin issuing fracking permits as early as this spring, a conservation group and a landowner have filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the...

 

NC's ongoing coal ash regulatory disaster shows urgency of EPA action   |   December 11, 2014
It's been 10 months since a pipe broke beneath a coal ash waste pit at a shuttered Duke Energy power plant in North Carolina, sending 39,000 tons of toxic waste into the Dan...

 

Southern mayors work to implement new immigration policy as states sue to block it   |   December 8, 2014
Following President Obama's announcement of temporary relief from deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, 25 mayors from across the country -- including two...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Voting problems reported around the South on Election Day   |   November 7, 2014
Since the last midterm election in 2010, number of states that have adopted voting restrictions, ranging from photo ID requirements to new voter registration rules: 22 Of those...

 

Ballot proposals across the South: The good, the bad, and the ugly   |   November 5, 2014
Voters across the South didn't vote just for politicians this week: They also weighed in on state and local ballot propositions dealing with hot-button issues including the...

 

New NC voting law already stopping would-be voters   |   November 4, 2014
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for 22 years, Bryan McGowan moved to the mountains of North Carolina this year. McGowan had lived in the state previously while stationed at...

 

Americans disenfranchised for crimes would be able to sway Senate races   |   November 3, 2014
Almost six million Americans cannot vote because of laws that disenfranchise people for felony convictions -- but if their voting rights were restored, they would likely be able...

 

Blocking the youth vote in the South   |   October 29, 2014
(CORRECTION: An earlier version of this piece incorrectly stated that Elizabeth City State University had its early voting place removed from campus, and it failed to include East...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Support for Medicaid expansion grows in the South   |   October 24, 2014
Date on which the North Carolina NAACP held a mock funeral in Raleigh to protest North Carolina politicians' refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act: 10/20/...

 

NC Supreme Court a 'virtual sinkhole' for environmental law, and it could get worse   |   October 23, 2014
The North Carolina Supreme Court has racked up an "extraordinary record of hostility" to the environment in major cases it's considered over the past 15 years -- and...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Texas voter ID law heads to the Supreme Court   |   October 17, 2014
Hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act last year that Texas began enforcing one of the nation's strictest voter ID laws: 2...

 

With public financing's demise, special-interest money pours into NC court races   |   October 17, 2014
When the North Carolina legislature struck down the state's popular judicial public financing program last year, it also raised the amount one can donate to judicial campaigns...

 

NC regulators agree to hear case for fracking air pollution rules   |   October 16, 2014
The North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission, the group charged with crafting state regulations for oil and gas drilling, has agreed to consider an environmental advocacy group...

 

Charter school power broker turns public education into private profits   |   October 15, 2014
By Marian Wang, ProPublica In late February, the North Carolina chapter of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation -- a group co-founded by the libertarian billionaire Koch...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Progress and resistance on Southern marriage equality   |   October 10, 2014
Number of states where marriage equality is now the law after the U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to review lower-court decisions invalidating same-sex marriage bans in...

 

In Supreme Control: What do justices owe voters in exchange for taking their cash?   |   October 9, 2014
By Sharon McCloskey, NC Policy Watch By all accounts, the 2014 North Carolina Supreme Court race, with four of seven seats up for grabs, is destined for the record books. Already...

 

NC NAACP files complaint over state Senate leader's ad for misleading on voter ID   |   September 16, 2014
The North Carolina NAACP has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections and the Guilford County district attorney against the campaign of N.C. Senate President Pro Tem...

 

Stop feeding the hand that bites us   |   September 12, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes When Volkswagen finally agreed to build its new SUV in Chattanooga, Tennessee politicians crowed over the promise of 2,000 new jobs. Union-...

 

NC 'monster' election law disenfranchised more than 450 primary voters, report finds   |   September 11, 2014
More than 450 North Carolina citizens whose votes would have counted in the 2012 election had their ballots rejected during this year's primary due to election law changes...

 

The Big Money for and against school vouchers in North Carolina   |   August 29, 2014
On Aug. 21, North Carolina Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled that the state's private school voucher program is unconstitutional. The decision was a setback for a...

 

Read the fiery ruling striking down NC school voucher program   |   August 28, 2014
Last week a North Carolina judge struck down a law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that sought to award taxpayer-funded vouchers to low-income families that want...